Montreal Seedy Weekend

Espace pour la vie and Cultiver Montréal are pleased to announce the 24th edition of the Montreal Seedy Weekend to be held at the Planétarium on February 3 and 4. Organized by Cultiver Montréal and presented by Espace pour la vie, this edition will be held under the theme “The science behind seeds”. Rich and friendly, the program will highlight this facet of seed culture that is relatively unknown to the general public. The Seedy Weekend is an opportunity to purchase local and ecological seeds from Quebec seed companies in addition to discovering other actors working in urban agriculture.


Saturday, February 3rd

10:30 to 11:30am
Seed genetics : a knowledge full of benefits
Speaker: Lyne Bellemare, seed producer and founder of Terre Promise
Conference exclusively offered in French.

2:00 to 3:00pm
The science behind ancestral knowledge: Iroquois seeds
Speaker: Stephen McComber also known as Silverbear, chief of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, keeper of Iroquois seeds.
Conference exclusively offered in English.

3:30 to 5:00pm
Research and development of new varieties in agriculture
Guests: Valerio Hoyos-Villegas, Ph. D., assistant professor, department of plant sciences, McGill University
Helen Jensen, Ph. D., research program manager for the Bauta Family Canadian Seed Security Initiative, a program of Seed Change
Michel McElroy, Ph. D., researcher in wheat genetic improvement at CEROM
Conference exclusively offered in French.

Sunday, February 4th

10:30 to 11:30am
New varieties in the garden: challenges and examples from our seed producers
Speaker: Jean-François Lévêque, seed producer and co-founder of the Jardins de l’écoumène
Conference exclusively offered in French.

2:00 to 3:30pm
Novelty in biotechnologies: between protest, science and lobbies
In partnership with SeedChange
Speaker: Jérôme Gélinas Bélanger, agronomist and doctoral student at McGill University in partnership with CEROM
Conference exclusively offered in French.


Saturday and Sunday, February 3 and 4
1 to 2pm
Winter snack for birds
Offered by les Amis du Jardin botanique de Montréal
Workshops are offered in French only.

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Important information:
All Seedy Weekend activities are free of charge.
Seating is limited in panels, conferences and workshops, online reservations required;
The seed companies’ online stores are also accessible at Cultiver Montréal

Planétarium de Montréal
4801 Pierre-De-Coubertin avenue
(Viau station)